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Szymon Barylski

Szymon Barylski - Photographer
Credentials
  • Art Fair Participant
  • Prizewinner
  • Covered by the Press
  • Works on commission

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« Photography for me is a tool for exploring and learning about the world »

Szymon Barylski is a Polish photographer, currently living and working in Ireland. Barylski works primarily with documentary photography, which he considers a device to explore and better understand the world around us.

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Warehouse

Serbia, Belgrade near the main train station where around 1,000 people are seeking shelter. Mainly Pakistanis and Afghans live in a derelict warehouse. The warehouse occupied by men and minors, they’re living in extreme conditions. Refugees crowd the abandoned buildings, where there is dirt, there are terrible sanitary conditions. They also fear for their safety. The country has become a key transit point for refugees willing to start the new life in western Europe, but in spring 2016 the Balkan route to western Europe was officially closed. Refugees are stranded, but full of hope. They still believe in a better tomorrow and try to cross the Croatian- Serbian border and Hungarian- Serbian border where, unfortunately, they meet with the incredible brutality of the police and border guards. Closing in detention, beatings, humiliation, robbing money.

Fleeing Death

The refugee camp in Idomeni on the Greek-Macedonian border, to which thousands of immigrants, mainly Syrians, are coming. It is occupied by people from different social strata. They are all found there fleeing the war, death, and starvation. They continue their journey through Macedonia to the north and west of Europe. Not everyone manages to pass the verification of the documents, which leads to the separation of families. The refugees are living in difficult conditions and sleeping in overcrowded and soaked tents. They are frozen and have limited access to sanitation. The refugees are exhausted, tired and uncertain about their situation.

Portrait of Szymon Barylski

The Narrative Lens

Barylski began as a street and travel photographer but developed a real affection for documenting the stories of the people he encountered along the way. He wants, above all, for his images to tell a story and to reflect the relationship that he has formed with his sitter. The places in which he captures these portraits, be it a warehouse or a refugee camp, provide the emotional backdrop for these personal histories to unfold.

Research and Engagement

Usually, Barylski works alone, spending time getting to know his subjects and forming connections with them, so as to better engage with their realities. For him a good photograph comes from good research. Therefore his preparation is rigorous, spending time researching the subject online then seeking inspiration in the work of other photographers in order to present a narrative that is both personal and universal.

Awards and Acclaim

Barylski has received a number of prestigious awards in recent years. In 2017 he was the winner in the Photojournalism Category at the Magnum Photography Awards as well as presenting his work in a solo booth at the Photo Independent Art fair in Los Angeles. 2016 saw Barylski crowned Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards.

Szymon Barylski
Credentials
Prizes
  • 2017
    Magnum Photography Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    BZWBK Press Photo- Picture of the year- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Monovision Photography Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    MIFA Moscow International Photo- Winner- Moscow, Russia
  • 2017
    Grand Press Photo- Winner- Poland
  • 2017
    All About Photo Award- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Siena International Photo Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Nikonians Photography Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Shoot The Frame- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    International Black&White Photography- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    IPOTY - International Photographer of the Year- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Photojournalism/ Story- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    IPA- International Photography Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Photo Essay and Feature Story- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    The Lucie Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Black&White International Award- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    The Lumiere Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    ND Awards- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    TIFA – Tokyo International Foto Award- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Moving images-Essay_MV- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Moving images-Essay_MV- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Moving images-Documentary_MV- Winner- United Kingdom
  • 2016
    MIFA Moscow International Photo- Winner- Moscow, Russia
  • 2016
    Shoot The Face- Winner- United Kingdom
Solo exhibition
    Group exhibitions
    • 2017
      Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 / Getty Image Gallery - London, United Kingdom
    • 2017
      Magnum Photography Awards 2017 / The Photographer’s Gallery - London, United Kingdom
    • 2017
      BZWBK Press Photo 2017 / Galeria Fotografii Miasta Rzeszowa - Rzeszów, Poland
    • 2017
      Grand Press Photo 2017 / Wolny Dziedziniec - Poznań, Poland
    • 2017
      Solo Booth at the 2017 Photo Independent Art Fair / Los Angeles - Los Angeles, United States
    • 2016
      TIFA WINNER WORKS 2016 / Owada Gallery - Tokyo, Japan
    • 2016
      MIFA WINNERS EXHIBITIONS 2016 / Na Kashirke Gallery - Moscow, Russia
    • 2016
      IPA BEST SHOW EXHIBITIONS 2016 / SDA Amphitheater - Philippines, Philippines
    • 2016
      BWA EXHIBITION / Piazza die Navigatori 6/A - Rome, Italy
    • 2016
      DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY / The SE Center for Photography South Carolina - South Carolina, United States
    • 2016
      XXIX DNI FOTOGRAFII 2016 / Świdnica - Poland, Poland
    Publications
    • 2017
      The Sun Magazine- Without Title
    • 2017
      The Irish Times- Without Title
    • 2016
      Sliver Shotz Magazine- Without Title
    • 2016
      Poland - National Geographic- Without Title
    • 2015
      Edge of Humanity Magazine- Without Title
    • 2015
      The Eye of Photography- Without Title
    • 2014
      Practical Photography- Without Title
    • 2014
      Apogee Photo Magazine- Without Title
    • 2013
      Blur magazine- Without Title
    • 2013
      Dodho Magazine- Without Title
    • 2012
      F- Stop Magazine- Without Title
    • 2012
      Life Force Magazine- Without Title
    • 2011
      Positive Magazin- Without Title
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